Subject: Timor-Leste News June 23, 2010

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Local Daily News

June 23, 2010

*US $ 177.985 million spent for improving people's lives: PM Gusmao *Diario Nacional, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said so far there had been no successful formula strengthen peace and economic growth to the poor and post conflict country. Therefore he wanted to spend the proposed additional state budget worth US $ 177.985 million for improving the country's people though public investment. The prime minister made the comments during a presentation of the proposed additional state budget by the Government on Tuesday (22/ 6) in the Parliament. Gusmao said the strategic public investment made by the Government was pension funds for the old person, veterans and excombatant, social assistances, agriculture, health, infrastructure and etc. Gusmao stressed that only the public investment could make the country's people to live in peaceful environment. "The public investment could make us to remain calm and live in peace and stability to resolve crises in the past and prevent other crises in future," Gusmao said.

*Timor-Leste to explore oil in Timor-Leste's exclusive zone *Diario Nacional, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Natural Resources, Alredo Pires said Timor-Leste would start exploring in the country's exclusive zone in September and October this year. "This is the first time in Timor-Leste's history. We will explore gas and oil in the Timor Sea which is exclusively 100% belongs to Timor-Leste," Pires said. Pires called on all entities in the country to put hands together and work together to be successful in the process of exploration. Pires stressed that his office and the National Petroleum Authority were now making preparations for the exploration. He added that Indian company called Reliance Industry Limited and an Italian company named Eni-Timor would do the exploration.

*ISF and US Marine provides weapons and bullets for joint training *Diario Nacional, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The US Marine Force provides two warship and one raider jet and bullets to help facilitate the ongoing joint training by the Timorese Defense Force (FFDTL), the International Stabilization Force (ISF) and the US Marine Force. The ISF Commander, Colonel Simon Stuart said this training was an opportunity for sharing experiences and increasing the F-FDTL soldiers skills in the defense sector. Commander Stuart stressed that the ISF also provided aircraft and bullets to help facilitate the training. The joint training is held on the bases of the Timorese Government's policy by inviting the US Army and the ISF to hold the referred training.

*F-FDTL soldier maltreats a young man *Diario Nacional, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

A Timor Defense Force (F-FDTL) soldier from the Marine Unit is suspected of being engaged in maltreating a young man after wreath-laying flower ceremony in Hera, suburb of the Cpital Dili. Victim, Albino Laurindo Guterres said the F-FDTL soldier maltreated him when he returned from a wreath-laying flower ceremony at about 10 in the evening. Guterres stressed that he was faint and felt on the ground, shortly an F-FDTL lieutenant contacted the ambulance to take him to the National Hospital of Guido Valadares for receiving medical treatment. In response, State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto said such attitude breached the defense force's regulation; therefore this case needed to be investigated for further legal process.

*Govt representatives will depart to Indonesia to resolve students' conflict *Timor Post, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

State Secretary for Youth and Sport, Miguel Manetelu with a team consists of the martial art representatives and the Ministry of Education's representatives will depart to Yogjakarta of Indonesia to resolve the recent martial art clubs' clash involving the Timorese students. State Secretary, Manetelu said after the incident he directly mailed the prime minister, as it could appear negative impact on the students who were not engaged in the conflict. Mantelu stressed that they would meet with all the Timorese students in Yogjakarta, Malang, Suarabya, Bali and Bandung. He added that the students should continue doing their study not killing one another in other countries.

*Xanana is not Alkatiri's enemy *Timor Post, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin Secretary General, Mari Alkatiri said Prime Minster Xanana Gusmao was not his enemy, but his political rival and would criticize him [Gusmao] when making mistake for a self-improvement. "I know when I criticize Xanana, although our comrades who were with him do not like me," Alkatiri made the comments during a meeting with the party's followers in Manufahi. Alkatiri stressed that he preferred criticizing PM Gusmao was a way to save him from the mistakes by his Government officials. "I do not think so, if we want to save him, we should start encouraging and criticizing him," Alkatiri said.

*Japan's Jetro to help develop coffee production *Timor Post, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

In exporting good quality coffee in the international market and market in Japan, the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry is in cooperation with the Japanese Government through Jetro Expert will develop good quality coffee production in Timor-Leste. Director for MTCI, Florentina smith the country had exported great number of coffee to overseas countries and said many people wanted to get involve in the country's coffee production. Smith stressed that the potential districts for coffee production were Ermera, Aileu and Ainaro and said these districts had started developing quantity of coffee. She added that the MTCI and the Ministry of Agriculture should make efforts to promote the country's coffee products.

*PM Gusmao praises Minister Alves *Timor Post, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun NGOs and the oppositions have many times questioned capability of Minister for Tourism, Commerce and Industry, Gil da Costa Alves in managing his ministry, yet Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao continues trusting in him and asking more budgets to be allocated to his ministry worth US $ 17.5 million. The Government is proposing US $ 17.5 million to be allocated to spend for importing rice. The country is still importing rice, but the Government also pays attention to the country's local product to be improved in order to reduce numbers imported rice.

*General Ruak strengthens F-FDTL and TNI's military cooperation *Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak has recently held an official visit to Indonesia to meet with Indonesia's generals for strengthening military cooperation between the F-FDTL and Indones's National Military (TNI). The issues discussed during the visit were cooperation in the field of maritime security, military training and border zone coordination. The F-FDTL delegations met with the TNI Commander, General DJoko Susanto and other TNI commanders.

*Luta Hamutuk calls on Govt to socialize supply base *Timor Newsline, June 23, 2010

NGO Luta Hamutuk has called on the Government through the State Secretariat of Natural Resources (SERN) to socialize first its plans of setting up petroleum supply base in southern town of Suai. It also calls on SERN to launch a profound research economically and research into socio-cultural of the local residents in the area. Luta Hamutuk said the Government should hold an integrated research involving many departments in a way to better know and the projects should be complicated and the local residents' participation was necessary. Luta Hamutuk also called on the Government to collaborate with all parties and civil society in this process. The research into the local communities' socio-cultural is very important, because it was made to prevent conflict when removing the local residents to new place.

*UN mourn for its police officer killed in fatal traffic accident *Radio Timor-Leste, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The United Nations is mourn for the GNR-Portuguese police officer, Hermengildo Almeida Marques who was killed in a fatal traffic accident in the country's eastern district of Manatuto on Monday (21/6), while another GNR officer sustained minor injury. Deputy UN Chief in Timor-Leste, Fin Rieske Nielsen expressed condolence to the deceased family and friends at Nicolau Lobato airport before transporting to Portugal with the UN's aircraft. Nielsen said today was a collective mourn for the UN regarding it had missed one of the best UN police officers. Nielsen added that he was sad with the accident, but was also proud of sergeant Marques who dedicated himself in the UN Mission in the country.

*Other UN Police officers continue to strengthen peace: UN Police commissioner *Radio Timor-Leste, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun The UN Police Commissioner, Luis Carillo said other UN police officers would continue strengthening peace and stability in Timor-Leste. The commissioner made the comments during a ceremony for the UN-GNR police officer's dead body repatriation on Tuesday (22/6) at Nicola Lobato airport. Carillo said Sergeant Hermenegildo Marques died during a UN peace keeping mission in Timor-Leste in a fatal traffic accident on Monday (21/6). Carillo also expressed condolence to Marques' family and the GNR police in Timor-Leste. Marques started joining the UN Mission in Timor-Leste on March 30, 2010 and he was head of explosion team to be responsible for explosives identification.

*UN Police officer dead body sent back to Portugal *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The UN-GNR Portuguese Police officer, Hermenegildo Almedia Marques who was killed in the recent fatal traffic accident has been sent back to Portugal for funeral. During a military parade ceremony, the Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner, Afonso de Jesus expressed condolences to the family and the United Nations, as sergeant Marques had contributed to the country's security situation in 2010. The UN Police Commissary, Luis Carillo also was sad and expressed condolences to the family and friends of Marques. On the other hands, the UN Deputy Chief, Fin Rieske Nielsen expressed condolences to the family and Portuguese GNR contingent.

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